Rush, rush, rush.
Very little sleep. Yawn!
One too many glasses of bubbly.
I’m stressed out just writing all of that! The holidays should be a relaxing celebration, but it often ends up being a few weeks from hell, right? When we are stressed, not getting enough sleep and drinking too much alcohol our immune system takes a beating. This is not a good thing when we’re in the midst of cold and flu season. Who has time for a cold when you’ve got a to-do list a mile long?
I encourage you all to pay attention to your stress levels and make a few tweaks to keep your immune system strong. Take a time out and fit in a 15 minute cat nap. Sleep alone will strengthen your immune system. Keep up your workout routine and add in a stretch yoga class. I know you’re in a rush, but this is not the time to skip your vitamins. Make sure to supplement with the following immune boosters too:
We should all keep a bottle of WELLNESS FORMULA in our medicine cabinet throughout the year. It’s jam packed with the most effective herbal immune boosters from Vitamin C, Zinc, Garlic, Echinacea, Propolis, Ginger, Goldenseal and more. This formula helps nip colds in the bud when you begin taking it from the first signs of imbalances in your well-being. Find it on Amazon and at most health food stores.
Lately, Coconut oil is a much talked about superfood and I bet you have a jar of it in your pantry right now. In addition to using it as a butter or oil replacement, think of it as your anti-virul secret weapon. With the extra sugar we all eat and drink during the holidays, candida (yeast overgrowth) can become a problem and lowers our immune system. Coconut oil’s anti-virul properties fight off the overgrowth of yeast. I’ve been adding a teaspoon to my morning coffee and it’s like a double punch. The caffeine wakes you up and the “good fat” in the coconut oil keeps you from getting the coffee jitters and low blood sugar. I also add in a tablespoon of it in my protein shakes and soups. Hands down- coconut oil gives everything a yummy rich flavor. Put it in everything!
I hope you are all taking a probiotic, but if you aren’t yet (shame, shame) please start NOW. Do you notice issues “down there” if you drink too much sugary wine? Not only do we not have time for a cold, but who has time to deal with a yeast infection or UTI? No thank you! Probiotics keep your immune system healthy by keeping your digestive system healthy. Ladies, take it a step further by also keeping your vaginal and urinary tract healthy with a probiotic for women.
Here are a few more tips to keeping healthy this holiday:
Relieve your liver by eating more cruciferous veggies. Broccoli, kale, lettuce and cabbage support your liver and immune function by boosting the livers ability to flush out toxins.
When you’re out shopping, switch out that afternoon coffee with green tea and ginger. Ginger helps cleanse the lymphatic system, support digestion and reduces any inflammation in the body. A highly functioning lymphatic system helps keep your immune system functioning at it’s highest as well.
The tip on napping deserves to be repeated. Sleep is vital to a strong immune system. I know, I know- you’re thinking who has time for a nap? Sleep deprivation not only lowers your immune function, but it decreases your memory, ability to focus and mood lifting hormones. I don’t know about you, but I’m a raging b@!#* when I’m running on little sleep. A 15-20 minute “power nap” does wonders for your brain, mood and immune system. Give yourself the gift of Zzzz’s sista!
I hope you all have a Healthy & Happy Holiday!
Take care of YOU so you can take care of OTHERS.
Please share this with your friends who overdo it around the holidays!
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Wishing you plenty of front row parking spots & super fast cashiers!